NBA Trade Rumors: Jimmer Fredette Is a Great Fit for the OKC Thunder

Andy Bailey@@AndrewDBaileyFeatured ColumnistAugust 20, 2012

SACRAMENTO, CA - JANUARY 18:  Jimmer Fredette #7 of the Sacramento Kings dribbles to the basket during their game against the Indiana Pacers at Power Balance Pavilion on January 18, 2012 in Sacramento, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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The Oklahoma City Thunder may be interested in acquiring Sacramento Kings point guard Jimmer Fredette. According to a report by Fox Sports' Sam Amico:

Jimmer Fredette would love to go someplace where someone other than just DeMarcus Cousins will pass him the ball. Thunder would love to pry Fredette away from Kings as replacement for Derek Fisher. Kevin Durant is a Jimmer fan.

Obviously, this is nothing more than a rumor at this point and even if something does come to fruition it will likely be after the regular season starts.

If things remain status quo under Keith Smart (meaning Jimmer remains buried on the depth chart behind a crop of players who display the most selfish brand of basketball in the league), management may increase their efforts to find the former BYU guard a new NBA home.

And the longer Jimmer remains on the bench, the more his trade value decreases. If the Thunder can pick him up for a draft pick, or perhaps their own benchwarmer in Cole Aldrich, they should pull the trigger.

OKC would be a great fit for Jimmer for several reasons. They're young (though not immature like the Kings), they play an uptempo brand of offense, they play as a team and as Amico pointed out, Durant is a fan of Jimmer. Having the team's best player in your corner is a big plus.

As far as talent goes, Jimmer hasn't had a chance to display his at this level yet. He was the best point guard in the nation during his senior year of college, but toiled under a coach who clearly had no desire to give him a chance as a rookie last year. 

He also has to deal with one of the most difficult stigmas in professional sports. As a white guard, Jimmer is instantly branded as unathletic and incapable of getting his own shot or staying in front of anyone on defense. These stereotypes were attached to Jimmer in spite of the fact that he outperformed almost all other guards at the 2011 pre-draft camp.

If he was with a coach and teammates who believed in him in Oklahoma City, Jimmer could be an explosive backup for Russell Westbrook. For more reasons and analysis on why he can be successful in the NBA, check out these articles on Jimmer Fredette:

2011 NBA Draft: Is BYU's Jimmer Fredette the Next Steve Nash?

Jimmer Fredette: 10 Reasons the BYU Point Guard Will Be an NBA Star

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